Fibroids are extremely common, with up to 80% of women developing these noncancerous tumors by the time they reach age 50. Not all women with fibroids have symptoms, but if you do, OB/GYNs James D. Neal, MD, and Florence Villa Quinata, MD, of Platinum Women’s Health can help. Book online or call one of the offices in Murrieta or Temecula, California, if you have symptoms that suggest uterine fibroids.
Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths that develop in your womb. They range in size and may be as small as a seed or as large as a grapefruit. In most cases, fibroids cause no symptoms, but if they’re particularly large or symptomatic, you need treatment.
Women who do have symptoms often find it difficult to live with fibroids. The following symptoms suggest you may have a uterine fibroid:
Dr. Neal and Dr. Quinata can evaluate your symptoms to determine if you need ultrasound testing to look for uterine fibroids. If fibroids are found, they offer several treatment options.
If fibroids are detected during a routine exam, but aren’t causing any symptoms, Dr. Neal and Dr. Quinata may adopt a watch-and-wait approach. They’ll schedule you for regular ultrasounds to ensure the fibroids aren’t growing too much.
Sometimes a fibroid causes no symptoms, but it’s exceptionally large or in a location that can cause complications. In these cases, Dr. Neal and Dr. Quinata may want to remove the fibroid.
Whether or not you need treatment and what type you receive also depends on your age, whether you’re intending to get pregnant in the future, or if you’re approaching menopause.
Mild symptoms of fibroids may be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. If you suffer from heavier-than-normal bleeding, you may need an iron supplement to prevent iron-deficiency anemia.
Birth control pills or progesterone injections (such as Depo-Provera®) can help with fibroid symptoms. A hormone-based IUD can also limit heavy bleeding associated with fibroids.
If you’re experiencing moderate-to-severe symptoms due to your fibroids, you may require surgery. At Platinum Women’s Health, you may undergo a myomectomy to excise just the fibroid and no surrounding tissues. Surgical removal of the uterus (a hysterectomy) is another option that ensures fibroids cannot grow, but it also means you can’t bear children.
To learn about all your options if you have uterine fibroids, call the office or schedule an appointment online.